There’s something gratifying about a fresh start. For me, a new year means new opportunities for growth and the potential to learn new things and meet new people. Of course, this can happen at any time in our lives, but I have never been more aware of this possibility than New Year’s Day. In an effort to approach all areas of my life with compassion and goodness, I’ve moved away from giving limited solutions and instead I’ve chosen to bring more intent to everything I do. One of the projects I’m making this year? Make more space for the things that make me feel most energized, relevant, and in tune with myself. Of course, what I put into my body is a huge part of that, and these 10 low-carb smoothie recipes are exactly what I plan to make every morning in 2022.
I’m a sweet girl – really nothing to worry about. I will always choose pancakes with eggs for brunch and say yes to ice cream even in sub-freezing temperatures. But usually, that means I’m eating great number of of carbs. And while there’s nothing wrong with any one macronutrient, I (and my body) can tell when I’ve eaten too much. So in the spirit of keeping my energy high for all that I want to be after this year, I am focusing on quality over quantity. I’m looking for color, Nutrient-rich ingredients, and food support me with everything I need to feel my best.
To put all of that into motion, I combed the internet to find the best low carb diet smoothie recipes that I can find. In the past, my favorite smoothies have all relied on bananas because of their coveted creaminess. However, after taking time to reflect more deeply on how certain foods feel, I’ve come to realize that my daily banana habit is to blame for my mid-morning grogginess. my morning. Instead, the recipes below rely on ingredients like nut butter, avocado, and even cauliflower (believe it!) to give you a smoothie you’ll crave every morning.
Ready to get the recipes? Let these smoothies inspire your mid-morning eating habits for the next 12 months and beyond.
Blackberry Smoothie Coconut Milk from Cooking LSL
Why we love it: I have a word for you: yum. In an effort to keep things low on sugar, some smoothies can be watery and… bland. This smoothie draws on the dynamic duo of butter and coconut milk to create a super creamy texture and give you plenty of healthy fats.
Hero composition: A teaspoon of chia seeds will turn this smoothie from creamy to creamy I-I’m-Eating Ice Cream? thickness level.
Green avocado pineapple smoothie from Eat the benefits
Why we love it: I won’t lie, I used to completely dislike any smoothie (or sweet recipe, for that matter) that was in the name of “avocado”. Being a toast lover myself, I always pair it with poached eggs and toast. Well, the good news is that you won’t feel all that appetizing in this recipe. Better news? That’s what gives this smoothie a smoother texture than ice cream.
Hero composition: Avocado wins again. Filled with monounsaturated fats (good for lowering cholesterol) and skin- and eye-protecting compounds, avocados are the real MVP of this recipe.
Kelly LeVeque’s Chocolate Almond Butter Crunch Smoothie
Why we love it: I’ll repeat that to you in a moment: Chocolate. Almond. Butter. Cracking sound. If you haven’t salivated yet, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s downright decadent, will satisfy any sweet tooth (even mine), and is definitely a celebrity favorite.
Hero composition: I bet you wouldn’t think this smoothie could hold a handful of spinach. Well, get ready to be whipped—and say hello to your new favorite way to get your greens.
Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie from Gwyneth Paltrow
Why we love it: The ticket to shine like a GP? This smoothie. It’s exactly what I want post-workout to replenish my body with more muscle-building protein. Not only do frozen blueberries give this smoothie a gorgeous color (seriously, it’s pretty!) But half a cup of berries is packed with skin-protecting antioxidants.
Hero composition: Cauliflower? In my smoothie? You better believe it. Cruciferous vegetables give your smoothie a creamy texture we all crave without the need to add high-carb bananas to your blender.
Strawberry smoothie from Big Man’s World
Why we love it: This strawberry fusion smoothie makes great use of its three ingredients. Combine any milk substitute you want, fresh or frozen strawberries, and sweetened condensed milk. You can add your favorite protein powder for an extra boost of muscle-building macronutrients or rock if you prefer to eat your smoothies with a spoon.
Hero composition: Keto condensed milk gives you a super thick and creamy smoothie. If you want to swap it out for another ingredient, you can get a similar consistency by using Greek yogurt.
Cookies and Cream Smoothie from Kelly LeVeque
Why we love it: Of course I want my breakfast to taste like my favorite cookie. Everyone’s favorite celebrity nutritionist, Kelly LeVeque, developed this recipe based on her signature Fab Four Smoothie framework. It contains all you need to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and keep you energized all morning. Oh, and you know, this smoothie was approved by Jennifer Garner.
Hero composition: Literally every ingredient of this smoothie can be considered a hero ingredient. But the real highlight? Collagen protein powder. Not only does it provide a clear dose of healthy (skin-supporting collagen), but choosing a chocolate-flavored powder will make you think you’re eating a pack of Oreos first thing in the morning.
Green tea and avocado smoothie from A Food Centric Life
Why we love it: This smoothie contains all the goodness of green. Avocados provide healthy fats, a handful of spinach provides calcium, manganese and vitamin K, and green tea powder contains all the good antioxidants. If you want to start all of your 2022 mornings energized and ready to start your day, start with this smoothie.
Hero composition: Spirulina is a superfood that deserves all it gets. One teaspoon contains two grams of vegetable protein, a range of vitamins and minerals, and immune-boosting chlorophyll.
Carrot cake smoothie from roasted tubers
Why we love it: Carrot cake will forever be my go-to dessert. I love all the fresh flavors integrated in every bite. It’s spicy, it’s sweet, and carrots always make sense for me to wake up to eat a little more. This smoothie is a really healthy variation that’s still packed with carrot cake flavors. Have your cake, eat it too.
Hero composition: When preparing my morning smoothie, I usually dilute it with a cup of almond milk. But the coconut milk that has the creamy and rich texture that gives this smoothie convinced me to switch things up.
Keto Peanut Butter Smoothie Sweet as Honey
Why we love it: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: nothing beats peanut butter. Nut butter really goes well with anything and contains all the healthy fats and proteins. And while it’s flavorful, sipping on this smoothie won’t set you back on New Year’s resolutions. It’s surprisingly light and gives you everything a productive morning needs.
Hero composition: A spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder gives this smoothie the chocolate and PB mix I want at all times of the day. For an antioxidant boost, replace it with cocoa.
Green Smoothie from Primavera Kitchen
Why we love it: Green smoothies, and indeed all smoothies for that matter, couldn’t be easier than this recipe. Common suspects include: butter, spinach, and the milk substitute of your choice. But this recipe boasts more flavor and protein with the addition of peanut butter powder and vanilla protein. You can use this recipe as a starting point and add any or all of your favorite smoothie ingredients. I’m talking about everything from flax or chia seeds for extra healthy fats to frozen berries for extra antioxidants.
Hero composition: It sounds weird, I know, but squeezing lemon juice not only keeps your smoothie looking a nice bright green, it also freshens things up with just a hint of citrus.